Michael Harkin

Michael Harkin is a new media artist interested in creating work based on contextually relevant interfaces. He has received a number of prestigious awards and recognition for his work including the 2000 ATOM award for Best Tertiary Multimedia.


Wetland (as in Disneyland)
In his 2004 gallery installation Wetland, Michael Harkin used the familiar imagery of rainwater tanks and the gentle notes and timbres of water whooshing and gurgling to highlight to audiences the consequences of turning on the tap or flushing a toilet within the area covered by the local water authority. Harkin has based this project on some of the important issues surrounding water commoditifaction and consumtion as well as being developed within a framework based on the ideas of theorist Jean Baudrillard.
Ecology: Everyone's Business
Unley Museum Cementa Country Arts SA NAVA